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Initial Report Released on Fatal South Texas Bus Crash

Lilly Mashayak5 months ago

Bus Crash

According to the Seattle Times, an initial report on bus crash that killed nine people in South Texas in May says no mechanical defects were found after preliminary inspection of the bus and the driver’s preliminary toxicology tests showed no traces of alcohol or drugs.

Additional Details of the Bus Crash Report

The preliminary report was released by the National Transportation Safety Board last Monday. Keith Holloway, spokesman for the agency, says the report does not reach any conclusions or list a cause of the accident. He says the final report will include the cause and conclusions.

On May 14, the bus had departed from Brownsville and was on route to a casino in Eagle Pass. It crashed on U.S. Highway 83, roughly 46 miles north of Laredo.

According to the preliminary report, the bus rolled onto its side near Laredo after the bus driver lost control while driving around a curve. The road had been wet due to a light rain.

Texas Auto Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT):

  • 3,534 people were killed in auto accidents in 2014, marking a 3.7-percent increase from the 3,408 deaths reported in 2013.
  • Of the 2014 deaths, 823 were linked to accidents that occurred at intersections and 581 were attributed to head-on collisions.
  • 237,941 people were injured in auto accidents in 2014 with 17,152 sustaining incapacitating injuries.
  • It is estimated by TxDOT that a reportable crash occurred every 66 seconds in 2014.

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